Through the life or this project we have looked at various Charities delivering services to the Homeless in our area. We have distributed money to charities to help the situation but one Charity has stood out above all others as delivering services, providing food and shelter. They have reduced the rough sleepers in our area by over 60% in the last year.
We recently visited Harp and witnessed a variety of projects in operation and were impressed with the sustainability of their work coupled with fantastic dedication and support in helping rebuilding lives of their clients.
Through HARP's work with local homeless people, we have come to understand that trauma is often at the root of a person's homelessness story. This is backed up by academic studies, with one study suggesting that 85% of those in touch with criminal justice, substance misuse and homelessness services have experienced trauma as children (Lankelly Chase Foundation, 2015). As part of HARP's continued development, striving to provide the best and most effective service for homeless people in Southend, we plan to adopt Trauma Informed Care (TIC), an emerging good practice in the sector, into our work, and we hope to use the Thorpe Bay Rotary Club donation towards this adoption. We believe this will have a true long-lasting effect on our work, and could help us to work more effectively with very complex service users who often struggle to progress positively through existing services.
Thorpe Bay Rotary will follow the progress of this latest project and hope to continue to support this fantastic success story and continue reducing rough sleepers in our area.
We have discussed the Homeless problem in Southend at several levels and been out on the streets to witness the needs of the Homeless. Our research has shown there is a need for a consistent Hot Food supply in Southend on Sea. There are already organisations providing some service but there is a need for a sustainable Hot Food supply to provide long term help to Homeless in Southend. We are consulting with existing local service providers to explore the precise needs and find the best options to take this project forward.
This process is nearing completion and a decision will be made on the direction we need to go.
This process has been much more complex than first imagined which is why is has taken more time than originally anticipated.
We will then move to the next stage and explore the possibility of a Grant to boost funding for the project to ensure its sustainability.
In the interim we have provided support to 2 local Charities working in this field that provide food to help those with serious needs.
To date we have distributed some of the funds raised to 2 of the leading Charities already providing assistance to the Homeless.
We have met with several agencies currently providing aid and will be holding the final discussions shortly. The project has highlighted several issues in helping the Homeless and needs a more joined up and comprehensive approach than is currently available.
We aim to bring the agencies together to provide a consistent source of aid for the Homeless.
Furthermore, we recognise we have a long way to go but are determined to provide a long term and sustainable provision of help for the Homeless.
We will post an update on our progress during July.
We sincerely thank you all for the support you have given to this project.
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